Shoe it forward
Did you manage to check cleaning out your closet off your holiday to-do list? Of course you didn't, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do a quick sweep of your shoe wardrobe and donate those forgotten pumps and abandoned sneakers to the Ron White (Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor West, 416-964-6400, and others, ronwhiteshoes.com) shoe drive. Over 30,000 gently worn men's, women's and kid's shoes and boots have been collected and redistributed to organizations like Dress for Success and Street Health over the past 17 years. The drive continues until February 10.
Just in time for all of January's get-fit resolutions, Movemeant (movemeant.ca) is now open at 777 Richmond West (loft 2026). The boutique cycling, TRX and gravity studio is tricked out with computerized Schwinn AC sport bikes with magnetic resistance and GTS gravity machines and runs over 30 classes per week. Monthly memberships start at $120.
Sale season is continuing at lots of great stores around town. Here are some sweet winter deals to shop:
At Style Garage (938 Queen West, 416-534-4343, stylegarage.com), the annual Keep On Giving Sale is on until the end of January. Get 15 per cent off all furniture, accents and accessories when you bring in a food bank donation.
Rue Pigalle's (927 Queen West, 647-352-8115, ruepigalle.ca) sale continues until Saturday (January 12) with special deals on jewellery, accessories and housewares.
Online at 18waits.com, score some great made-in-Toronto menswear at up to 60 per cent off. Our picks include the Lieutenant coat in navy wool with classic metal buttons (now $325) and woodsman shirts in a rainbow of plaids (now $150).
Finally, the sale scoops at Grassroots (408 Bloor, 416-944-1993; 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, grassrootsstore.com) include 40 per cent off floor model natural mattresses, 25 to 40 per cent off Patagonia clothing, 10 to 30 per cent off eco-friendly toys and 25 per cent off organic cotton towels.